Family Guy sued by Carol Burnett

Submitted by: Xerasia 9 years ago
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0316072carolburnett1.html

Geez, lighten up Carol Burnett.
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Female 4,376
family guy=BEST SHOW EVER!

and if i was a celebrity i`d hope to be roasted on family guy lol it would be the best compliment ever

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Male 1
But its 6 Meeeellion Dollars! Just another pissed off old broad. She should be paying Fox $6 million just to get that mug on t.v., even if it is a CARTOON!! She needs to have her AARP card revoked!
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Female 1,470
Everybody sues each other these days.
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Male 572
i think everyone thinks they can sue family guy

same with borat

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Male 731
I used to love Family Guy...But something just has failed with it recently.

So I hope Carol wins this one. Maybe it`ll knock some sense into the creators of Family Guy, or it`ll just get the show off the air.

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Male 842
I hope she wins. Carol Burnett is a comedy legend. I used to watch her show when it aired on the WB, and I can honestly say it was one of the funniest shows I have ever seen.

I`ve seen people on here saying that they don`t understand why she`s suing Family Guy when she had a show that did parodies. There`s a difference between her kind of parody and FG`s. FG uses real people (sometimes without their permission) and makes a lot of sexual jokes. Carol Burnett used fictional characters that everyone could relate to and put them in clean, humorous situations. That`s another thing that I hate about Family Guy. One thing Carol Burnett prided herself on was that her show was accessible to EVERONE, including children. She kept her show clean and made sure that she didn`t offend anyone. So having Family Guy, a show that tries to be funny by making jokes of a degrading and often vulgar nature, put her in a porn shop is an incredibly disrespectful action, and a childish one as well. Go Carol!

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Male 404
I really hate people who make frivolous lawsuits, they need a big fat slap in the face.
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Male 1,406
6 million for parodying one of her CHARACTERS, not her herself. Hm.
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Female 338
I`m so sick of this trend that seems to be emerging in America where people seem to think that if they don`t like something it should be gotten rid of.

If you don`t like it, change the channel. Just because you can`t figure out a remote control doesn`t mean you deserve 6 million dollars, Carol Burnett.

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Male 1,217
ftw
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Male 4,246
Speaking of Weird Al and lawsuits...

BOO-YAH!!! He`ll SUE YA!!!

Just FYI, this is an original song of his, not a parody. In case anybody wonders.

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Male 2,005
is it really true than a person can sue another for everything in america, just a rumor ive heard
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Female 550
From what I understand, anytime you make a likeness of anyone, you need their permission. That was clearly a slam on Carol Burnett, and she did have a right to sue.

Has anyone heard of that bar that made likenesses of George Wendt (Norm Peterson) & John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin) of Cheers? I guess the owner of the bar made statues of these guys and had them sitting on bar stools at the end of the bar. Well, I guess George & John found out about it and sued the owners of the bar. Why? Not because they are in need of money, but because they are their likenesses. They wanted some kind of royalty for the use of their characters. As far as I know, the owner ended up taking the statues down. I honestly don`t blame John & George for doing this.

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Female 77
Tomsfox I honestly did not know that.


good to know...good to know...

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Male 65
First of all, Carol Burnett had a show that did parodies. What?!

Secondly, they weren`t poking fun of her being out of money. One of her characters, as it says in the article, was a janitor, which is what they were referencing.

And come on, this is parody. Parody is protected speech. Weird Al Yankovic doesn`t have to ask permission to remake a song as a parody (he does it out of courtesy). If he can just change some of the lyrics and get away with it, Family Guy can change the theme somewhat from Carol Burnett`s show and be fine.

Here`s a citation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campbell_v....

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Male 732
@ellemnop: Stewie Griffin - The untold Story is, in fact, a three-part episode!

@Wamba: Who are you to say FG and SP are garbage, if you never watched it?

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Male 579
and so, the fall of family guy begins...
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Female 11
She had every right. Usually, I couldn`t care less about celebrity lawsuits, but I side with Carol on this one. I never watched Family Guy and never will for the same reason I don`t watch South Park. It`s total garbage and I have a little more taste than to watch any of it. I don`t blame her for not wanting to be associated with it.
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Male 222
See you just can`t say nasty things like that about old people. It`s a different generation and you need to give them some respect. I would be pissed if someone said that about me as well.
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Male 561
and this is the reason i hate ppl
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Male 168
hey Felice, just so you know, the song was altered, so it WASNT her theme song

and i have no idea who Carol is

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Male 813
roduku = fanatic christine, I guarentee you.
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Male 63
The way copyright law works, is that for it to be enforced, you as the holder must demonstrate defense of the copyright. By not doing so, you lose control over it.

She`d be making a precedent by not filing suit. That`s how the game works.

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Male 737
...

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

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Male 459
Fox has put out a lot of crappy stuff, but Family Guy has to be at the top of the list for sh*t shows.
Maybe others will take their cue from Carol Burnett and sue Fox every time they show Family Guy and maybe get it off the air forever.
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Male 2,781
WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH LAWSUITS?
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Male 161
I personally dislike Family Guy, but that does not mean that Carol whats-her-face should win the lawsuit. You can`t be on her side just because you don`t like Family Guy. Whether it was funny or not does not matter, whether it was too sexual or not does not matter. What matters is if they were slandering here, which they were not. It was a parody, therefore, FOX should win the lawsuit.
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Male 108
Can`t blame her. I`d sue the pants off of that crappy show if I had the chance to.
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Female 1,065
lighten up, seriously
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Male 888
Wait, I missed something, when did it become cool (on the internet) to hate Family Guy?
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Male 189
I`m portuguese, should I sue cause I feel offended by the Pascoal and what`s-his-name characters?
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Male 2,720
Oral Burnett lol ouch zing checkmate swoosh cha-ching
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Male 6
Have any of you ever created an icon/character that is so ingrained in the public consciousness that any defamation of said character belittles anyone and everyone who has ever found that icon/character entertaining or amusing? NO?! So stfu.

Also Family Guy is a fizzle.

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Male 988
WHO?

BTW i thought it was hilarious that they actually showed the clip as well!

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Female 77
keep in mind, family guy is my all time favorite show..but I will admit, they`ve started doing WAY too many flashbacks.They never focus on the actual story line...and I do hate it when they have singing because it`s always 3 minutes long or so....and my last complaint..they took part of "stewie griffith, the untold story" and put it on adult swim for an episode...which is showing that they`re really reaching now..it`s sad..k i`m done
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Female 77
Yeah people take Family guy too seriously...the show doesn`t make sense, that`s why it`s funny.If everyone that was made fun of on that show sued, then they would have been gone for a long time.
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Female 511
Family Guy hasn`t been funny for a long time now. Fox just sucks in general. For those two reasons, let`s hope she wins.

As for the clip, it`s amazing what stupidity qualifies as funny today.

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Male 219
Family Guy rules, everyone against needs to stop thinking the world revolves around them.

*remembers the episode where Peter had his own orbit*

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Male 1,011
Good, I hope it gets off the air. Family Guy is crap, in fact, the ONLY joke that I have EVER laughed at was the video she is suing them over. I have seen several youtube "best of" videos and didn`t crack a smile.

8-) Good Riddance FG

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Female 8
Go Carol. Family Guy has dropped to amazing lows this last season and I find it quite disappointing that people find this funny and entertaining. I fully support Ms. Burnett.
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Male 838
Screw her...literally! That old fart probably does not see much a penis since the "old days".
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Female 218
People ARE getting too sue-happy these days. And while under normal circumstances, it WOULD have been a lighthearted joke, and Carol herself would have laughed it off, that`s NOT the case. The only reason they poked fun at her is out of childish revenge.. she wouldn`t let them use her theme sone, which is her right to do so. They acted like immature little kids about it.

I honestly don`t care anymore. The old Family Guy episodes were awesome, now they suck because they`re trying to hard to push the boundaries and be funny about it. FAIL IMO

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Male 1,321
Wow, you guys think Family Guy should lose just b/c you don`t like the show, not because of any basis in law. That`s fantastic...hope people like you aren`t on the jury. Parody is a valid fair use defense for copyright, and Carol Burnett should know that better than ANYONE.

Defamation and appropriation on one`s public likeness are only valid when you`re actively trying to cause the public to believe something untrue. In this instance, she would have to convince the jury that Family Guy is really trying to convince the public that she really works in the back of a porn shop and was really saying goodnight to her mom when she tugged her ear.

Any judge worth his salt will throw out this lawsuit on summary judgment. She`s just suing in order to get media attention, or b/c she`s a disgruntled old woman.

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Male 7
Good for her. Using that character image without permission violates copyright laws. Sure, she doesn`t have to sue and if the character was used in a different circumstance, she probably wouldn`t. But, it`s her character and if she doesn`t like the way it is portrayed, especially without permission, she has every right to sue.

As for her suing just for the money, she made a fortune with her show and I seriously doubt she`s strapped for cash. Besides, in the past she sued the National Enquirer for a story about her, won the case, and gave every penny to charity.

I like Family Guy, but ever since it came back, it`s been going downhill. It still has its moments, but its humor is mostly insults. The show has always thrown in minor insulting gags, which was funny here or there, but now, it seems like that`s all the show does. And the more insulting those gags get, the less humorous they become.

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Female 1,181
oh, and carol burnett is an uptight bitch. i hope they countersue and leave her with nothing.
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Female 1,181
yay, they posted my link. huzzah.
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Male 219
I couldn`t help but notice that everyone defending Carol Whogives is a woman.
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Female 811
Ahh, yes I saw that one, hilarious.
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Male 1,024
Uptight much?
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Male 813
^Awwweee muffin
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Female 107
Family Guy hasn`t been funny in ages. Carol Burnett is completely right to be suing the company. Someone should have done it a long time ago. I can`t seem to figure out the exact moment when tasteful humor and cultured parody went out of vogue, but the current trend of "How far can we take it?" (usually sexually) is disheartening, disappointing and most often disgusting.
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Female 319
Lighten up non-nice individuals! It`s just a f*cking parody! If you don`t like the idea that you`re in it for fun, then you`re screwed for life!
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Male 1,465
"Parody is protected speech but slander is not. You can`t disparage someone`s name and reputation freely without consequence."

I doubt that this will stand as a slander suit since it’s obvious that it’s a joke. I don’t think anyone saw that and really believed that she currently works at a porno shop. And if the “tug” joke is slander then a lot of comedians are open to being sued out of work by a slew of angry celebrities. By the way, isn’t this an old episode? What took her so long? Did she just run out of cash this month or something?

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Female 43
Did any of you morons yelling at Carol READ the complaint? They asked for the song rights and she refused...that is her right as owner of the intellectual property. If she needed money that badly, she would have said yes.

If someone denies you the legal rights to use something and you use it (or a reasonable fascimile thereof) anyway, YOU are in the wrong.

IMO Carol said no because she has class. Family Guy is idiotic and I hope they lose this big time.

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Female 354
I don`t think she`s suing because she`s out of money. It seems like she hates how disgusting and vulgar Family Guy is. Good for her.
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Female 673
If she`s out of money, why didn`t she sell Fox the rights to use her theme song?
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Male 2,796
One word; Shrewd. Carol Burnett is well respected and has many friends... but she is old news. In Hollywood it is not necessarily what you have done, rather, what have you done for me lately. I think Family Guy will win the case because Burnett`s friends are all dead or not in the major scene anymore. Family Guy has a lot of celebrity fans. There is nothing wrong with a "roast", that is why celebrities get roasted all the time. Well, Family Guy has made a business out of it and it is funny! Celebrities need to take it with a grain of salt.
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Male 204
i didnt even read the article, that clip was funny

"i wonder what she tugged to say good night to her dad. O!"

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Female 1,496
She`s completely out of money. She has been peddling her DVD`s of her show lately.
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Male 803
What a bitch, I hope someone stabs her in the face.
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Male 902
That`s it. Family Guy is finished.
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Male 133
She`s old and needed something to do.
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Male 2,172
The wikipedia entry on ( Her/him ) say`s that he/she had a sex change...

Anyone got some link to videos of her parodying other peoples?

I bet I understand why she`s pissed but there was no direct vulgarity or prejudice in the video... they only make a parody of her character in a movie and Quagmire ask a "risqué" question that means absolutly nothing unless you have a perverted imagination.

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Female 1,228
^^thinking the same thing.
AND, 6mill??? WTF?!
Attention seeking bastatrds should get their heads out of their ass for one moment and stop bothering other people with their problems.
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Male 98
So, for a woman who spent her life making a show parodying pop culture, to sue a show for parodying pop culture.... My head asplode.
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Male 4,246
"Plaintiff Whacko Inc. ("Whacko") is, and at all times mentioned herein was, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of California with its principal place of business in Los Angeles County, California."

Yeah. THAT`LL help her get taken seriously.

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Male 130
misappropriating her name and likeness and violating her publicity rights... Only $6 million. She sould be happy someone said her name on tv..
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Male 285
6 million?!?

6 million....???????

she better be giving that to charity or im going to slap her!

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Female 171
It had to happen eventually :(
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Male 391
Too many times... I don`t like the new episodes of family guy nowadays... South park hit it right on with their parody. It used to have a story... Or at least some of a story. Now it`s just "hey remeber that time when I *insert random activity with random celebrity here*"
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Male 181
This can`t be the first time Fox has gotten sued for Family Guy.
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Male 63
Parody is protected speech but slander is not. You can`t disparage someone`s name and reputation freely without consequence.
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Female 665
aaannny reason to get more money... oh that`s what slaine said lol. kind of. but yeah. that`s how you get money nowadays. there`s no such thing as work. just suing each other...
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Male 391
She`s got no money left... So, any reason to get money, why not?
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Female 1,181
Link: Family Guy sued by Carol Burnett [Rate Link] - Geez, lighten up Carol Burnett.
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